Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Commonwealth Bank Cronulla
The Commonwealth Bank Cronulla is on a site at 70 Cronulla Street in Cronulla that was previously a butcher shop. It was purchased by the Commonwealth Bank in December 1936. The butcher shop was demolished and an attractive, double storey branch building in the familiar Art Deco Commonwealth Bank style of the time was constructed by Hogden Bros of Enmore.
Banking operations commenced from the new premises in July 1938.
Main entrance facade
Detail of window security bars
A clock, with a calendar incorporated beneath the clock face, was installed above the branch entrance in January 1956. Major renovations in 1967 saw the removal of the clock. In 1989 the facade was refurbished to blend in sympathetically with the overall colour scheme and atmosphere of the Cronulla Centre.
Cronulla takes its name from the Aboriginal word "Kurranulla", meaning "the place of pink shells" so it's argueable that this influenced the current colour scheme.
Clock on the bank in 1956
The Commonwealth Bank in 1967
Source - Commonwealth Bank Archives Department
More Art Deco information can be found on the DecoWorks Pty Ltd website.